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AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS: DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS Interview

This documentary series follows the 2023-24 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad their auditions and training camp and finally the ending of the Cowboys season predictably ended in the NFC Wild Card Round.

I had the chance to speak with Kelli Finglass, Judy Trammell, Victoria Kalina, Kelcey Wetterberg, and Reece Allman about this amazing and captivating series.

“America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” is available to stream on Netflix June 20, 2024.

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YOU ARE SO NOT INVITED TO MY BAT MITZVAH Interview w/ Director Sammi Cohen

“You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah” follows Stacey Friedman as she prepares for her bat mitzvah, but her plans comedically unravel and threaten to ruin the event. I got a chance to speak with the director, Sammi Cohen to discuss this new coming-of-age film. We talked about friendships, hardest part of being a teenage girl, and more!

Check out the interview and movie when it streams on Netflix August 25th! It is easily one of my favorite films of the year.

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Movie Review: “Sing 2” is an Upbeat Musical Blast

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ “Sing 2” may still play a familiar tune, but this time around, they crank up the music and add a few new beats to the story.

In the first film, koala bear, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) was on the brink of having his theater shutdown until an open casting call (American Idol style) brought in various animals who were hiding their musical gift. The theater was saved! The group created a bond and a re-occurring sold out show in their small town.

The theme in “Sing” was about following your dreams and taking chances. Well, in “Sing 2”, these beloved characters are faced with the question of whether or not they are worthy of something greater.

After a talent scout dog, Suki (Chelsea Peretti), attends Buster’s reimagined “Alice in Wonderland” show; she tells him, he and his cast don’t have what it takes to make it in the big city. But that won’t stop an ambitious Buster. He gathers his crew to Redshore City (essentially Las Vegas), and they manage to sneak their way into an audition with the head of Crystal Entertainment, an intimidating white wolf named Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale). They surprisingly impress Jimmy with their spur of the moment sci-fi musical idea and mislead him to believe they know the reclusive rock legend Clay Calloway (U2’s Bono). Jimmy allows them to move forward with the show, but during rehearsals everyone seems to be facing their own obstacles. Housewife pig, Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) has to find the courage to take on the highflying stunts that come with her lead role. Rugged gorilla, Johnny (Taron Egerton) must stand up to a bullying dance teacher and prove he’s got the moves. And shy elephant, Meena (Tori Kelly) has to pull off an on-stage romance while managing her crush in real-life.

Director/writer Garth Jennings returns to make a sequel that doesn’t veer too far off from what we enjoyed about the first film, which was lovable characters performing sing-along dance numbers. “Sing 2” has a little more depth behind the melody.

As someone who is still trying to follow her dreams, this story struck a chord with me. When following any challenging career path, one of your greatest fears is that you will come to find out “you’re not good enough”. It was interesting to watch how everyone navigates this insecure thought in the movie.

One of the most endearing things about these films is the heart of its characters. Through their internal struggles they have formed a supportive friendship, and even though Buster is the most fame hungry of them all; his care for them comes first.

And U2 fans can rejoice in the moments whenever Bono is on screen. He makes a great addition to the cast and might even move audiences to tears during a heartwarming duet.

Sadly, I can’t say there’s much suspense or originality in “Sing 2”. It’s incredibly predictable. However, I don’t care! The film is much better than its predecessor. No, it won’t be able to compete with the more complex animated films this year like “Mitchell’s vs. The Machines” or “Encanto”, but it is just as fun. With so much crazy continuously going on in the world, “Sing 2” is the musical distraction the whole family can dance to.

Rating: B

Interview: McKenna Grace, Charlie Shotwell, & Milan Ray talk “Troop Zero”

Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough to achieve your dreams? That is was safer to just hide in the background and hope to go unnoticed?And that is best to not want something in life because that way you’re never disappointed? Well, clearly that’s no way to live your life and in the new Amazon Original film, “Troop Zero” we’re taught it’s better to make the effort, put yourself out there and go after what you want.

“Troop Zero” is set in rural 1977 Georgia and follows Christmas Flint (McKenna Grace). She is a peculiar little girl who spends her time dreaming of outer space. So, naturally she is thrilled to learn of a competition that would give her the chance to have her voice recorded on NASA’s Golden Record. Only problem is, she needs to be part of a Birdie Scout Troop to qualify for the contest. Christmas quickly rounds up a band of misfits and they become Troop Zero. The group face obstacles, get in fights and form an unusual, yet, extraordinary friendship.

I sat down with stars of the movie, McKenna Grace, Charlie Shotwell, and Milan Ray to discuss the courage of following your dreams, bullying, and much more. We even play a little would you rather game! Listen to the interview below and make sure to see the film! Available now on Amazon Prime.

Charlie Shotwell (left), McKenna Grace (middle), & Milan Ray (right)
“Troop Zero” Interview with stars, McKenna Grace, Charlie Shotwell, & Milan Ray

Movie Review: “Good Boys” Delivers More than a Good Time

Do you remember your best friends from elementary school? Maybe you’re still friends with them, or maybe the extent of that friendship has come down to rare Facebook notifications? Whatever it may be, those friendships probably still hold a special place in your heart. For most of us, it was a time of discovery, curiosity, and tears; which is exactly the kind of relationship we see in the new raunchy, tween comedy, “Good Boys”.

Three sixth grade boys from an Illinois suburb find themselves conflicted when they get invited to one of the cool kid’s kissing party. The problem is, none of them know how to kiss. Love-sick Max (Jacob Tremblay) wants his first kiss to be with his crush/supposed future wife, Brixlee (Millie Davis). Straight-laced Lucas (Keith L. Williams) wants to help Max, but is going through his own struggles at home. And musically inclined Thor (Brady Noon) wants so badly to impress the popular kids, even if it means skipping a desired musical audition.

After an unsuccessful attempt at trying to look up “how to kiss” on the internet, Max and his friends foolishly decide to use his dad’s (Will Forte) drone to spy on the girl next door in hopes that she will be kissing her boyfriend. Unfortunately, Hannah (Molly Gordon) is hanging with her best friend (Midori Francis) and they aren’t happy when they discover they are being spied on. This leads to a domino effect of one disaster after another.

“Good Boys” comes off as a junior version of “Superbad”. Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the two include the raunchy, laugh out loud comedy we’re so used to seeing. But their comedies always have something a little extra than just bathroom humor. They give their characters depth and relatability. Watching these three very innocent kids who have deemed themselves “The Bean Bag Boys” almost feels nostalgic. Whether they remind us of the short-term crushes, how naive we were to all sexual references, or how drinking a sip of beer was just about the wildest thing you could do; there’s something in this film that will be reminiscent of your childhood.

While the movie is 90 minutes of pure fun, there’s also the bittersweet reminder that friends can grow apart, especially when hitting a new stage in life (like middle school/high school). Different interests can lead you in new directions, and towards new friends that you have more in common with. It’s a harsh reality for “The Bean Bag Boys” face. Even if their friendship is short-lived, watching the bond between these boys is a joy that’s everlasting.

Rating: 4/5

“Good Boys” opens in theaters August 16.

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